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FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | Attracting girls to the STEM fields: Is it really that hard?



Start Date

4th Nov 2016 1:00pm

End Date

4th Nov 2016 2:00pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

presented by

Dr Bernardo León de la Barra, School of Engineering and ICT, University of Tasmania

This seminar will survey the latest psychological-sociological research on why females tend to gravitate towards knowledge domains and associated occupations that they perceive as having a significant positive communal and social impact. Research-based arguments will be provided on how to “change the conversation” so that female students are able to visualize how Engineering and other “hard Sciences” (like Physics) may provide a career pathway to make the world a better place.

Dr Bernardo A. León de la Barra has been one of the main driving forces behind the integrated/integrative STEM education movement in Australia. His integrated/integrative STEM education work has been funded locally, nationally, and internationally, and seeks to highlight and promote the importance of integrated/integrative STEM education for Australia’s future. Bernardo has made major contributions to curriculum resources in two recently completed Australian projects: “Development of mathematics pathways for VET students to articulate to related higher education courses”, funded by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Training; and “STEMCrAfT (STEM Critical Appraisal for Teachers) Building capacity for rural and regional STEM teachers using a peer support model”, funded by the Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program. He is also a project team member in the 2015–17 AMSPP funded project titled “Towards Educating Mathematics Professionals Encompassing Science and Technology: TEMPEST” and in the 2015-2016 OLT Seed Project “Reskilling the manufacturing workforce and developing capabilities for the future”. Bernardo’s research interests include many aspects related to K–16 integrated/integrative STEM education and its role in attracting more girls and students from indigenous, low SES, regional and rural communities to the STEM fields. He is also interested in exploring how a collective impact framework could be used to improve engagement, retention, completion and educational attainment in global communities, with a particular focus on changing attitudes and raising educational and vocational aspirations through cradle-to-career integrated/integrative STEM education.

Friday 4 November, 1.00pm to 1.50pm

Law 132 Seminar Room, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Contact Dr Louise Grimmer for more information or directions to the venue.

This free event is open to all members of the public as well as University staff and students - we look forward to seeing you!

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